Near Delta in Millard County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Topaz Internment Camp
Over 120,000 Japanese-American, two thirds of whom are U.S. citizens, are uprooted from their west coast homes and incarcerated by their own government. It is 1942, wartime hysteria is at a peak. They are imprisoned in ten inland concentration camps where they remain behind barbed wire, under suspicion and armed guards for up to 3½ years. Topaz is one of the ten camps.
Without hearings or trials, this act of injustice is based solely on the color of their skin and the country of their origin. America’s fear and distrust of these citizens—precipitated by Japan’s attack upon Pearl Harbor—is placated.
Lost within this rush to judgement is the denial of constitutional rights, major losses of personal property and the labelling of its own citizens as enemy. Ironically, though this mass incarceration is spearheaded by thoughts of disloyalty, not a single act of espionage against the U.S. is ever discovered.
Indeed, the 442nd RTC and 100th Battalion, composed entirely of Japanese-American boys (many of whom volunteer from internment camps), suffer major war casualties
Topaz is closed in October of 1945.The memory of Topaz remains a tribute to a people whose faith and loyalty was steadfast—while America’s had faltered.
Location. 39° 25.082′ N, 112° 46.763′ W. Marker is near Delta, Utah, in Millard County. Marker is on West 4500 N Street 0.7 miles west of N 10000 W street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hinckley UT 84635, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “All Gave Some - Some Gave All” (here, next to this marker); Millard Academy (approx. 8.6 miles away); Hinckley Schools (approx. 8.7 miles away); Deseret Relief Society Hall (approx. 11.2 miles away); McCullough Log House and Post Office (approx. 11.6 miles away); Pioneer Cabin (approx. 11.6 miles away); Escalante Trail (approx. 11.7 miles away); Topaz 1942–1946 (approx. 11.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delta.
Also see . . . Topaz Museum. (Submitted on June 24, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Events • War, World II •
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,307 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on January 4, 2020, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on June 24, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.